John Service some time during the 1970's. [Courtesy of Oberlin College Archives, Oberlin, Ohio.
The Hampton House Apartments on 82nd Road at Queens Boulevard (2001).
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"As the China tragedy unfolded during the late 1940's, many foreign service officers would have their careers destroyed, but of the group,John Paton Davies and John Stewart Service were the most distinguished, and as such, they would suffer the most. Younger men a rank or two below them might quietly leave the Asian bureau and go to another area, their careers damaged but not entirely destroyed, but for Davies and Service, it was the end of two brilliant careers. For the country they served, it would have even darker implications because they were the best of an era, and the Foreign Service does not produce that many men of rare excellence. They were the Asian counterparts of George Kennan, Chip Bohlen and Llewellyn Thompson; under normal conditions they might have stayed in, and by the time the Kennedy Administration arrived, become senior State Department officials, perhaps Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs. They might have been able to provide that rarest of contributions in government, real expertise at a high operational level."
[David Halberstam, The Best and the Brightest
, 111 - 12 (Randon House 1972).]
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] John Service (second from left) at Yenan next to Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong) (second from right).
] John Service at Yenan.